Thursday, December 08, 2022

Lake Constance: Boats have to move due to low water

The water level in Lake Constance is currently extremely low. This is why boats have to move or even take them out of the water altogether.


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  • Boats have to be evacuated due to low water in Lake Constance.
  • The west bank of the large reservoir has been drained for 14 days.

The low water in Lake Constance makes for amazing photos. Several boats are stranded and hence have to be brought ashore. This is especially the case on the west bank of the lake.

Martin Graf, the port master of the municipality of Moose (District of Constance), confirms this. “We are out of water for 14 consecutive days. Our boat is really no longer where it should be.”

About a third of the boats were either relocated or pulled out of the water at about 400 berths. “The water level is so low from time to time, but not usually at this time of year.”

Also on the island of Reichenau, the first boat owners were once again stranded. This was before the start of the summer holidays in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria.

Of the more than 260 boats in the island’s harbor, about 50 were pulled out of the water. Because otherwise they would run around, said Harbor Master Franz Eigenhofer. Many owners are upset.

Lake Constance nearly reached seasonal record low water

Anyone who has to look for a second berth for a boat because of low water has lost their cards. “We currently have many boat owners from other ports who have to move out because the draft is no longer high enough.” Ultramarine Marina in Cresbronn, said a spokesman for the largest port on Lake Constance.

The situation there is not so problematic as the harbor basin, which was once a gravel pit, is quite deep. “Unfortunately, we are full of ourselves and have to decline these requests.”

At the end of the week, the lake level in Konstanz was less than 3.30 meters, according to the Baden-Württemberg State Office for the Environment. It is only ten centimeters away from the seasonal record for low water.

The authority suspects that the minimum value for this season (3.17 m) from 1949 and 1876 is “reached or reduced” in summer or autumn. This happens when a little rain continues.

More on the topic:

Autumn Water Environment Lake Constance

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